There was a time that only the most hardcore of skiers and snowboarders wore helmets. Tristan, our chum from Whitelines, explained that helmets were only for “freeriders doing proper gnarly stuff." Basically your average Joe didn’t need one because they weren’t doing anything dangerous.

But then everyone else realised that if you hit your head, then it actually hurt, and so they started wearing helmets too. Problem is, helmets can often be ugly, clunky and generally a beacon that marks you out for ridicule.

But no more, we scoured the web for what we think are 10 of the best ski and snowboarding helmets, some of which you can buy. Check out the gallery below:

For an in-depth guide to help you buy your helmets and protective gear head over to Whitelines for reviews and advice.